Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:40 am Post subject: 1969 Yamaha Yl2C trailmaster what kind of oil?
Hi all! I recently got my bike running. I have a question on the oil it uses. in the manual it says to use SAE 10W-30W OR SAE 5W-20W for the autolube.
and for the transmission it says to use #30 detergent oil. where can I find this? i googled they only have non-detergent oil. little confused here. can I use the same as the one that goes in the autolube? sorry for the questions im new at this! Thanks!
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Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:11 pm Post subject:
Woo Hoo! Oil Thread!
Oil threads will solicit many responses. Everyone has their own opinion, and they take on a life of their own. But don't fret - there are really no right answers. Just many opinions. Here is mine:
Back in the 1960's, oil was only made from decayed dinosaurs and was sold in cardboard cans. So, for that time, what is written in the shop manual was correct. For that was the best option you could obtain.
These days, nearly a half a century since the shop manual was written, very little oil actual contains dino oil. Along with the synthetic oil compounds come an assortment of additives and modifiers. And many, many more choices.
My personal recommendation for the Autolube oil, using any oil that states it is for use in 2-stroke oil injection engines is fine. Manufacturers Silkolene and Bel-Ray make a very good oil, and is worth the extra few bucks for the bike that you spend a lot of time and money to restore.
For motorcycles that have a wet clutch, I avoid using typical 4-stroke engine oil. Modern oils have additives to make them extra slippery (not great for clutches) and don't have to deal with the blow by contamination which 4-stroke engine oil sees. A 75-90W GL-4 gear oil works real well in this application (this is what is used in transmissions and low performance transfer cases).
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Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:15 pm Post subject:
GONE.......WITH A PUFF OF SMOKE AND A BLUR OF SPOKE
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